My secret Happy place and a Floating Teacup Centrepiece

Would you like to come with me to a most happy place?

There is something magical about being at the edge of land, where you can look out to sea and feel the boundless space around you. No walls!! (in my case, no mountains makes me most happy – we moved from the Swiss Alps to come here!). Ideas just fly into my head and no matter what troubles may be happening in my life, I can take this time to be happy and accept the inspiration, no questions asked.

Me, the dogs, the twittering birds, the breeze, the water, the endless views. Ah, breathe in, breathe out, deep belly breaths. Lie down – look up at the sky. Clamber out over the rocks and spot crabs and sea urchins. Forage on the beach for natural trinkets. These are all great pleasures for me and I savour my weekend mornings when this time is mine, all mine!

Here are some of the views, all taken from the same trail out of Galleon Beach (obviously Surf Dog the Superstar is there. You know, we were walking along the beach the other day and a complete stranger called out “Is that Ricky?” Whoa!):

My other happy place is being creative – writing, taking pictures, colouring, painting, sewing, making things.

This week I have managed to complete 2 projects that have been awaiting my attention: I sewed teeny tiny pyjamas for my daughter’s Sylvanian family miniature rabbit-people! This may sound completely mad to many readers, apologies. She has been begging me to do it for ages, as it was a crisis that they had to sleep in their regular clothes all of the time.

Secondly, I made this floating floral teacup for my kitchen table – which I thought I would like to quickly share with you (sorry, no rabbits-in-pyjamas pictures: my 5 year old was impressed with my stitching, but I know the rest of the internet world won’t be.).

It is a DIY / crafty sort of decoration that I think is rather pretty. I have seen some pictures on Pinterest and I plan to make at least 7 of these to use as a unique centrepiece for a long, rectangular table. It could easily work on a square or circular table too – just make sure that they look randomly placed in this case.

I went to a second-hand shop in Antigua, called ‘The Stock Exchange’ near St. Johns town to buy the mismatched teacup, saucer and a lonely fork. As I am living here on a temporary basis at the moment, I do not have a crafting cupboard full of supplies, so I have to pick up things that I need as I go.

The only other item you need is some strong glue. I used a glue gun, but if I had some super glue handy it would be useful too.

All you will need: teacup and saucer, fork and glue. Oh, and flowers - real or fake!
All you will need: teacup and saucer, fork and glue. Oh, and flowers – real or fake!

You see, they even have their price tags on still – 2 EC$ each (Eastern Caribbean dollars, approx. 1US$ = 2.70EC$).

First, glue the fork onto the centre of the saucer.

Place the fork centrally on the saucer
Place the fork centrally on the saucer

Then, glue the other end of the fork inside the teacup. TIP – it is a bit of a balancing act to get the tea cup supported, so you may need to play around with this a little, and bend the fork to get the desired angle.

Glue the fork to the saucer and to the inside of the teacup.
Glue the fork to the saucer and to the inside of the teacup.

Finally add some flowers of your choice. If you want it to last a while, use silk flowers. I used fresh bougainvillea, as they keep easily for the period of a dinner party without any water. Cover and hide the fork as best you can.

Tropical flower arrangement for a table centrepiece - the dancing teacup
Tropical flower arrangement for a table centrepiece – the dancing teacup, Antigua
And on my table, ready for lunch!
And on my table, ready for lunch! Oh so pretty.

So there you have a simple, yet impressive, unusual and delightfully pretty table centrepiece. I hope you enjoy creating this in your home and adding a talking piece to your next dinner party.

See you soon for more chat from the wonderful island of Antigua.


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